Hopefully I have inspired some of you to make your own nut milk at this point. I was surprised and delighted when even my brother in law (definitely not the nut-milk making type!) asked me for the recipe!! I have used all types of nuts so far; cashew, almond, pecan, and hazelnut to be specific.
At first I was throwing away all the pulp that I strained out with my nut milk bag. But it seemed like such a waste, and I had read that you could save it and use it elsewhere. So I started tossing the wet chunks into my food dehydrator for 24 hours or so and they came out looking like this:
You should know that I have a super cheapy Ronco food dehydrator, which actually works quite well. But your dehydrating time may vary. You could probably also do it on a very low temp in the oven, but I haven’t tried it.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with them all, but I just kept chucking them in this container every few days. Today I was finally inspired to make my favorite chocolate chip cookies that call for blanched almond flour. I put the dehydrated nut pulp chunks into the dry canister of my Vitamix and whizzed it all up until it made nut flour. Raw almond/pecan/hazelnut flour!!
That had hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup from the nut milk mixture. It was delicious and came out pretty finely ground. I did take the skins off the almonds after soaking because I don’t like how they flavor the milk. So this might have made the texture of the flour a little finer, not sure.
My son and I made these cookies and they were deeee-licious. Not so FODMAP friendly because they do have a little honey and coconut flour, but so so good. Maybe I will try to make them over without those ingredients one of these days..
In the meantime, save your nut pulp and make flour. It’s amazing! And nutritious! Some people have a beef with nut flour because it is such concentrated protein and fat, but I say eat the treats made with them on special occasions and only in moderation, and you will be just fine!
I’d love to hear what you do with your nut pulp!!?